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21 February 2024

Subscriber of the week: Jim Crook

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Former social services director.

Where do you live?

Stillington, North Yorkshire.

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How long have you been a subscriber?

About ten years.

What made you start?

Having more time after retiring.

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Analysis of social policy and the collapse of public services.

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Oliver Dowden.

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Paul Mason’s analysis of the 2008 crash and austerity.

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This article appears in the 21 Feb 2024 issue of the New Statesman, Fractured Nation